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Address: 400 E 3rd St, Dubuque, IA 52001-2301
Phone Number: 563-583-8093
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Home of: Spirit of Dubuque, Miss Dubuque & Ice Harbor Galley

The Spirit...

Home of: Spirit of Dubuque, Miss Dubuque & Ice Harbor Galley

The Spirit of Dubuque is the area's only authentic paddle-wheeler on the Mississippi River. The Spirit of Dubuque offers exciting family entertainment. Cruising May-October with daily 1 hour & 2 hour narrated sightseeing cruises, 2 hour Dinner Cruises (Sunday-Friday), and 3 hour Dinner Cruises on Saturdays with a possible lock through at Lock & Dam #11. All Cruises offer eco & historic information. Advanced reservations recommended.

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Did the lunch cruise

We were pretty much the only two families on the boat so the service was over the top. Kids all had several kiddie cocktails and we all enjoyed the lunch. Scenery was nice. If we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Geno M
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Green Bay
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Twice in the last 8 years we have gone on a day trip to the Dubuque area to do various things. Both times we looked forward to taking a real riverboat tour. BOTH times the boat was down for repairs for the day. Their website does not list this so you wouldn't know ahead of time unless you call. SO... More 

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Green Bay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were pretty much the only two families on the boat so the service was over the top. Kids all had several kiddie cocktails and we all enjoyed the lunch. Scenery was nice. If we do it again I would probably skip the meal and just do the cruise. Kids also got to drive the boat and get picture taken... More 

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Thank Geno M
New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter's birthday was a few days away. We decided to take a ride on the Dubuque River Rides after hearing about is from my brother. I ordered the tickets for this ride before I left home and was delighted that they were ready for us when we arrived. We selected the dinner cruise and was delighted with the food... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The captain/guide did his best to make his narrative interesting, but it just wasn't enough info for me. A meal cruise should be better because you would have something else to occupy the time

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Thank MinaHKerr
Milwaukee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have taken similar paddleboat day-cruises in other cities (St Paul, Cincinnati, St Louis, La Crosse, Savannah ). I'd have to say that this one was one of our less-memorable ones. As other reviewers of this attraction have noted, the boat appeared to be showing its age in that the paint on the underside of the upper... More 

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New Albin, Iowa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

very nice very pretty view scenic loved the ride was relaxing good company we went in the fakk a great trip

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Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I was so excited for this River Ride and I came off the boat extremely disappointed! The staff was not to friendly, you could not understand the Captain as he was giving the historical tour, the food was less than good...It was super expensive (2 adults 3 kids-$200) for such a disappointment.

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Oregon, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

!st time going on a paddle boast down the Mississippi. Cabin was taking tickets- NOT very friendly. The weather was beautiful so decided to sit on top in the open air. The ride is about 1 1/5 hours and the Cabin narrates down the river- pretty BLAH... no good stories or history to enjoy- very boring. It was a beautiful... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

It was nice, just a good boat ride on the river. Had some info about the things on the river and what you see. Disappointed about the info provided tho. I was hoping for more information about the river itself and things that happened on the river or the town using the river getting established. Luckily tho, learned those interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

I've done boat rides about 4 times now, most recently for the 4th of July fireworks night dinner cruise. It has been enjoyable each time. Very nice to do for a special occasion such as an anniversary, class reunion, group outing, etc. Staff is excellent but the boat holds around 150 people ( at least) so it can be a... More 

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